August 6, 2013
Rain is beautiful and it can also be exacting. The clap of thunder and the pitter-patter of all those tiny droplets are almost therapeutic. Granted, rain brings in the usual traffic jams, chaos and other such challenges. However, raindrops and the accompanying thunder can be musical to many and to others it may bring about fear and dread. Whether it precipitates pleasure or foreboding for you, music can add that extra dimension of splendour to those incessant and delightful rainy days.
Here is a list of a few songs with genres covering rock, pop, oldies and rainy day tunes, to bring an “aqua’çious” vibe to your senses.
Ain’t No Sunshine – Joe Cocker
“Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone. It’s not warm when she’s away. Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone And she’s always gone too long Anytime she goes away.”
Covered by numerous artists, this ballad is a must have and is a must for your rainy day playlist.
Come Rain or Come Shine – Eric Clapton and BB King
“I’m gonna love you Like nobody’s loved you, Come rain or come shine. High as a mountain And deep as a river, Come rain or come shine I guess when you met me, It was just one of those things, But don’t ever bet me, ‘Cause I’m gonna be true, If you let me.”
Recorded by Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra, any version is magnificent, however the Eric Clapton, BB King Version is the bluesiest of all.
I love a Rainy Night – Eddie Rabbit
“Well, I love a rainy night. I love a rainy night. I love to hear the thunder, Watch the lightning When it lights up the sky – You know it makes me feel good.”
Country music at its rainy best, this song captured the top spot in the American Country and Contemporary music charts in the 80’s. A staple for your song list, particularly for those storm lovers.
My Favourite Things – Julie Andrews (Sound of Music)
“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, Brown paper packages tied up with strings – These are a few of my favorite things.”
Penned by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for their smash hit musical The Sound of Music (1959), “My Favorite Things” puts a positive spin on everyday living. Julie Andrews trilled the tune as the leading lady in the film production. Said to be the favorite song of Michael Jackson, the undisputed King of Pop.
Not Just Any Other Day – John Elefante
“And I wish that I could have felt that rain on me. I wish that I could have felt that rain. I would have heard with my own ears As You shouted out in fear and said, ‘Father why have You forsaken Me?’”
Many music lovers may remember American contemporary Christian singer and songwriter John Elefante for his tenure with the rock band Kansas. However, he has made his own mark on the music world with spiritually significant songs. This specific one is a testament to Jesus’ death and the the storm that followed. A single listen to “Not Just Any Other Day” reveals why this song is appropriate for a rainy day list.
Rain – The Beatles
“If the rain comes they run and hide their heads. They might as well be dead. If the rain comes, If the rain comes.”
“Rain” was perhaps the first song to contain backwards vocals from the Beatles.The rhythmic moods echoing a rainstorm, making this song ideal for a stormy day’s playlist.
Raindrops Keep Fallin on My Head – BJ Thomas (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids)
“Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head, But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turnin’ red. Cryin’s not for me, ‘Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complainin’ Because I’m free. Nothin’s worryin’ me.”
The song, performed by B. J. Thomas, won an Academy Award and topped the American popular music charts in the 70’s. Also recorded by Perry Como, The Four Tops, John Farnham, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Dionne Warwick and other artists. No rainy day song collection is complete without “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.”It is a MUST have.
Rainy Days and Mondays – The Carpenters
“Hangin’ around – Nothing to do but frown. Rainy Days and Mondays Always get me down.”
This song by the brother sister duo, became an anthem for pensive ponderings on downpours and daily discouragements or drudgery. Still, the original version, recorded by The Carpenters, is probably the most popular pick for a rainy day playlist and does lend an aura of magic and calm, to the entire experience.
Somewhere over the rainbow – Judy Garland (Wizard of Oz)
“Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high. There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby. Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue. And the dreams that you dare to dream Really do come true.”
A young Judy Garland, starring as Dorothy Gale, sang the tune. Also recorded by Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Connie Francis, Olivia Newton-John, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and other artists. A dreamy classic and perennial karaoke favourite, it is ideal for a rainy day song collection.
Who’ll Stop the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Long as I remember the rain been comin’ down, Clouds of myst’ry pourin’ confusion on the ground. Good men through the ages, tryin’ to find the sun – And I wonder, still I wonder, who’ll stop the rain.”
Recorded in the 1970’s, this song still stands as a classic rock number. Did the song protest the Vietnam War? Or does it simply symbolize life? Either way, the song is super for a rainy day download collection.
– Perhaps our perception of precipitation depends upon our outlook on the weather. A little rainy day music may brighten anyone’s day. So we hope you relish in this playlist and may the rhythmic rain bring music with it, as you serenade to the pitter-patter of the rain!
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